Introduce us to your band!
We are a doom metal band with influences of gothic rock from Malmö, Sweden. We are currently Olle Andréasson on drums, Patrick Shadowland on guitar and backing vocals and me, Nadia on vocals. Up until recently, we had Michael Levin on bass.
How did you guys start out?
It started around 2009 or 2010 as Patrick’s recording project. After his previous band, Clapatria had split up, he started recording songs on his own and was looking for singers to put vocals on them. I was trying to start a band at the time and was looking for band members. We met at a local pub sometime around February in 2013, and once we started talking, we realised that we pretty much had the same ambitions. We ended up dating, and shortly after that, we sat down in his living room and started jamming and writing new songs, and that´s when Desoluna became a band. The other ones came along the way.
Describe your band’s sound
It is heavy and very melodic. We are a band that puts emphasis on the heaviness rather than aggressiveness.
What influences your craft?
Music-wise it is heavily influenced by bands such as Paradise Lost, Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, to name a few. Personally, I have always held singers like Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, Alanis Morrissette, Bonnie Tyler and Janis Joplin in very high esteem. All of them represent something very unique, and you just can´t confuse their voices. It´s just impossible. In another perspective, it is everyday life and how we feel and react to everyday life that functions as a driving force for our songwriting.
What makes your project different?
Well… I personally think that we do have a different way of arranging things when it comes to the “beauty and the beast”-approach. Patrick’s former band Clapatria did have a very traditional approach in arranging their vocals and sound in general, and when he created Desoluna, he pretty much had the same idea for this band as well. But we, especially I, did grow in a totally different direction. I wanted to have a more edgy, rock-n-roll vibe to a scene that normally builds around the idea of female singers being these angelic beings floating around in the background. That is just not me, and I know people have had issues with that before. Both in a musical sense and personally as well
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Wanton Water has always been a very good firestarter for the audience. That song is one of our faster, groovier songs that always makes the crowd just go wild bananas. I really love that song for how the melodies are arranged, the beat, just everything! I just love that song!
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Well, both our first album and EP that came after that has been very difficult to record.
I love being on stage and singing live but recording sure is a different matter. Both times were surrounded with setbacks, first of all in technical difficulties that delayed the process and then there has been a lot of conflicts as well. Conflicts that have ended in members leaving the band or producers creating a strain within the band. Considering the fact that Patrick and I were together for four years and had many issues in our relationship, that also created a huge risk of infecting the band as well, so we broke up in order to maintain our band and friendship.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
To finally get a little recognition for our music. Having people appreciate what we do and to play live to share our music with the audience. How can anything beat that?!
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Right now, we are taking a well-needed break. Olle is drumming in other bands, I have gotten more involved in acting with my theatrical group, and Patrick recently became a father, so he is understandably more focused on his family at the moment. But sooner or later we will record new songs, that is the plan. When do we plan to do that? I don´t know, but we do have some really good material laying around, waiting to breathe.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
If you remember us at all, I will personally open up a bottle of champagne and dance all night until my feet hurt. Just hit us up!